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He’s a fraud and a wacko bird, but at least the Texas senator has the courage of his convictions. 


Think the Senate deal is a resounding defeat for Republicans? Think again.

Food bank

America’s most vulnerable felt most of the pain.

US Capitol

And put an end to Republicans’ hostage-taking once and for all.

The amendment to the Defense Authorization Act urges robust negotiations toward a diplomatic settlement.

Wall Street

The Republicans, with the exception of a few die-hard libertarians, always do the bidding of the banks that finance them, but the Democrats are just as eager to pig out at the bankers’ trough.

Dollar bills

In the looming debt-ceiling fight, progressives must make the case for protecting social programs, raising revenues and cutting the Pentagon budget.

Democrats introduced a gun control bill on the first day of the new Congress. But can they overcome the NRA?

When The New York Times first revealed the NSA was wiretapping Americans without a warrant in 2005, it was a scandal. But the government continues to spy with impunity—and what was once illegal has become the law.


Obama's Supreme Court nominee advances from Judiciary Committee with backing of Democrats and a conservative Republican -- South Carolina's Lindsey Graham -- and the virtual certainty of Senate approval.

July 20, 2010

As the bankers and corporate lobbyists fight to diminish new financial regulation, Elizabeth Warren—leading activist and thinker in favor of reform—should be the top contender to head the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.  

July 20, 2010

West Virginia's new senator got no votes from the people, just an appointment from his former boss -- the government. Yet, he will vote on every major issue facing the country for the next four months. That's anti-democratic and we should amend the Constitution to address these abuses.

July 18, 2010

Isn't it time legislators focus on diminishing the strings-attached purchasing power of corporate campaign contributions?

July 8, 2010

The arguments against poorly-structured sanctions against Iran were that they would undermine democracy movements, stir anti-U.S. sentiment and do nothing to promote disarmament. Unfortunately, most members of Congress refused to listen. Only 8 wise members voted "no."

June 27, 2010

Texas Congressman Barton speaks from the heart about his sympathy for BP then thinks better of it. Unfortunately, his fellow conservatives didn't get the cease-and-desist order.

June 18, 2010

Daniel Ellsberg doesn't ask much of members of Congress -- just that they obey their oath to defend the Constitution. Unfortunately, that's too much to ask of most members and most of the challengers. That's why Ellsberg's endorsement of California candidate Marcy Winograd is worth noting.

June 7, 2010

Barbara Lee, the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, and Keith Ellison say: "We urge you to take this tragedy as a catalyst to end the blockade on Gaza and to honor the dead and wounded on both sides by working to ensure a full, fair, and transparent investigation."

June 5, 2010

Ohio congressman circulates congressional letter that says: "The United States must remind Israel as well as all of our other friends and allies: It is not acceptable to repeatedly violate international law."

June 3, 2010

Minnesota senator was not satisfied with holiday rhetoric. He led the fight to assure that veterans were never forgotten by policymakers.

May 31, 2010